Recently a 10% tax on all gaming wins was implemented, and opposition was raised by the National Democratic Congress (NDC). But their opposition has been rebuked by NYA’S CEO, Pius Enam Hadzide.
In response to the imposed 10% withholding tax, the NDC youth wing warned in a press release that a series of protests would ensue if the government does not reconsider the tax.
“The young people of Ghana and the NDC Youth are taking resolute action to combat the burdensome and insensitive policy imposed by ten (10%) percent on bet wins. We remain united and determined to protect the funds of the young people secured through betting with unwavering determination.”
“Our voices will be heard through agitations, protections, advocacy, and civic engagement to demand the reversal of these corrupt decisions made by The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government.”
In an interview, Pius Enam, a former deputy information minister, said on Citi Fm that Ghanaians should hold NDC accountable as it conducts back activities potent of disrupting the country’s value system.
“NDC’s attitude toward young people pretty much scandalizes me. If there is a problem with employment, NDC recommends betting to solve whatever challenges young people face. It is not only the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who has concerns about betting and its effects on any country’s value systems, even the Minority Leader, Ato Forson, is also calling for the state to eliminate all forms of betting,” he said.
In addition, he criticized NDC for stirring the youth against the government.
“Young people are being prepared for the future, and if you want to lead the country, you should discuss policies and not that there are hardships. Young people should resort to gambling, a game of chance that we will not encourage the Ghanaian youth who is hardworking and entrepreneur to work harder.”